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    08-17-2009, 10:58 AM
For me a large part of my preference for pellets is that I do not feed grain. I feed a mix of Beet Pulp and Alf Pellets to keep the "herd" happy when my 30 yr old appy gets his big ration of the above with his Total Equine. I would love to feed him Alf hay but finding a good and safe supply isn't as easy as just buying the pellets for all. And I can soak or just wet his feed down in winter to help get more water in him. He never did drink a lot in winter. He's losing teeth so he really doesn't eat but about 2 flakes of hay a day. All my other horses are on full pasture and they don't need a richer hay in winter either.
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    08-17-2009, 11:58 AM
Some people even with access to alfalfa still use pellets or cubes as they are easier to store, cleaner than stacked bales and less dust. When we traveled a lot with the horses we took pellets as they took up less space.

If a horse has trouble chewing they can be moistened, but most horses will eat them dry.
    08-17-2009, 01:30 PM
I figured it was an accessibility ease of use issue. I just wanted to make sure that my horses weren't missing out on any nutritional bonuses from the pellets cubes. Thanks for the responses everybody!
    08-17-2009, 06:08 PM
The alfalfa hay in our area is not only pricey, but tends to have blister beetle issues. It's cheaper and safer to buy the pellets. I don't know if cubes are even available in this area. I soak the pellets with the beet pulp - don't want the daughter's mare to colic on us. She has already had some scary colicky moments. She's dreadfully skinny - but since we **finally** convinced the son-in-law that mare's don't always wean their colts at the right time and we pulled her 14 month old, still nursing, nuisance of a colt off of her and are feeding her separately from the colt, she is putting on weight rapidly.

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